Thinking of moving to West End/ Westview?

I often receive emails or calls of potential buyers curious about our neighborhood. Many times they want to know if what they’ve read in online reviews are true….

-High crime, blighted community, depressed, no shops, low-income families – and many more negative comments that would make anyone wonder ‘Why should I buy there..?”

All I can say is “Don’t believe everything you read..!!!” We all know, often times the media does not paint an accurate picture of what really IS. Old stereotypes, opinions, rumors and past experiences can influence our thoughts.  When I first moved here (5yrs ago) I spent a lot of time fighting and trying to prove to family and friends just how wrong they were about the neighborhood. Now, I am really enjoying being one of Atlanta’s best kept “Secret Neighborhoods”.  I felt,‘ if someone is so foolish to let their opinions on a community be swayed  based on rumors than we don’t need that kind of neighbor anyway’.  I want more neighbors like those I have- movers and shakers, adventurous, passionate, caring, the challenge seekers, strong, those willing to break down barriers to do what others say ‘can’t be done’ , I need more neighbors who garden (because I LOVE getting fresh veggies from their garden-lol), more neighbors who bake (and drop my kids off cupcakes or make me dinner when I’m sick/prego)  The neighbors I have care enough about their kids and education that they didn’t just move to a good school district, they created a charter school, home school and WORK IN the local public schools to MAKE them great.

And when we didn’t have anything to do- we created our own: Chili Parties, Pizza Parties, Historic Holiday Parties, Auction nights, Screen on the Green, Dog Parades, themed dinners! But there are also plenty of public places i.e. Museums, restaurants, Book stores and need I say it.. Krispy Kreme!!

The community benefits of living in West End and Westview are endless…………it depends on YOU!

But if you’re still not convinced and need additional information-here is my New Buyer script:

“Welcome to MY South West Atlanta!

The Historic West End and Westview communities are the best intown Atlanta neighborhoods currently offering Craftsman Bungalows for under 100K!  For more neighborhood information please visit their websites and subscribe to their chat groups: or

 The city of Atlanta does provide down payment assistance for buyers with an FHA loan and who take the steps necessary to obtain it. One of the steps is working with a lender that has access to the funds, the other is to take a 1day class; please see this site for details( under “Affordable Housing” and “Homebuyers” see the mortgage info.We are hoping to really increase homeownership in 2011 ! We could really use you- so if you’re one ready to think outside the box, or one needing just a bit more convincing then send me an email and let’s discuss the next steps!
Here is a mortgage officer that can tell you more, Vonda Henry , she is also the President of the West End neighborhood association.
Our local schools consist of  M.A.Jones Elementry, and Brown Middle School. We also have 2 wonderful, new charter schools that I feel very good about- KIPP Strive Academy ( and Kindezi (
For crime prevention, we have a mini-police precinct as well as Private Security options are available in the Historic West End. Also our neighbors strongly believe in the “Neighborhood Watch” approach and take part in annual training offered by the City.
We believe in being active with City Council and partnering with them to address our needs. for information about our Neighborhood Planning Unit.
 Here is a couple ( who have purchased and restored their home, they have inspired many and are an example of the many new home owners we have.  
If you are on please search and “Add” each- to keep up with the latest events!”
@NiaKnowles (Twitter)

Why This Autumn is a Great Time to Buy

This fall could be a particularly great time for first-time or buyers long out of the market to jump in, say a variety of real estate professionals.

Here are the reasons why:

  • Interest rates are likely to decline as Freddie and Fannie get government help.
  • The Federal Housing Administration recently boosted its loan limits to $729,750 in expensive areas. It’s going to take some of that back come Jan. 1, when the loan limit will shrink to $625,500.

The FHA allows down payments of as little as 3 percent, but that will rise to 3.5 percent as of Oct. 1. People scraping dollars together for a down payment should try to set their closing for the end of this month.

  • The tax credit will shave $7,500 off a first-time buyer’s federal tax bill due April 15. Buyers who don’t owe tax, will get the money as a refund.

The government’s definition of a first-time buyer is anyone who hasn’t owned a home in the last three years.

Source: The Washington Post, Elizabeth Razzi

Attention Investors!

This may be the the solution to vandalism and squatters in your vacant property.. Show Homes of Atlanta

If anyone on the Southside or South West side of Atlanta have used this service, I’d love your feedback.  According to their website, there is NO charge for this service!!! ??? Let me know…

The only snag I see for our side of town…all of our vacant homes are foreclosures! Will banks take part in this program? What do you think?

6 Web Sites That Make Decorating Fun

For many people, one of the most fun parts about buying a home is redecorating it.

Most of these sites are trying to sell products, but they are free to use and could give new home owners some good ideas.

  •– This is a sophisticated and complex site. It opens with a series of brief videos with Robert Verdi, a charming “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”- style guide to the art of interior decoration. The site allows you to choose furniture, art and accessories for 30 generic rooms.

  • – Choose from Color-a-Room or Color-a-Home (exterior).

  •– The Image Builder Design Center is a basic program that will change the color of the flooring, walls, ceiling and trim.

  •– From the National Wood Flooring Association, Design a Room is another basic wall and floor site.

  • – Mohawk DreamVision allows you to choose a room type (kitchen, bedroom, bath) and style (traditional, modern, etc.) then start designing.

  •– The My Room Designer offers a good choice of cabinets, wall colors and of course, countertops.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch David Bonetti